Better Call Saul is a great title for a television series. The title for the AMC series pretty much tells the viewers people call on Saul when things get really bad. Maybe the next time someone calls Saul they will need to do so to cheer the poor guy up. The upcoming third season of the series is going to take on a more ominous and darker tone. Reportedly, the lighthearted series will venture into thematic and tonal territory similar to Breaking Bad.
In a way, this is a logical progression. At some point, the timelines of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad do need to connect. The descent of Better Call Saul into foreboding territory definitely would craft the perfect connection to the strange world of Breaking Bad.
Cable television shows do take a lot more chances with their characters and storylines than most network shows. Network shows nefariously like to keep programs going from season to season. A program may enter its 11th season even after being stale since the seventh season. As long as there is a segment of viewers willing to tune in and watch a show, the networks are going to keep it alive.
Cable television is a bit different. The strategy with pay and basic cable channels is to craft a solid narrative, develop it over time, and bring a series to a logical conclusion. If audience interest remains, plans for spinoffs are put in motion. Breaking Bad probably could have survived several more seasons and experienced dwindling numbers. What would be the point of that if a new and fresh series such as Better Call Saul can be made instead?
Ironically, AMC is experiencing ratings troubles with The Walking Dead. The series is trudging onwards with declining ratings and boring plots. AMC might see the value in ending a series at the right time, but ending a series that is a cash cow isn’t exactly a high priority.
Better Call Saul, like Breaking Bad, is a way different program than The Walking Dead. Better Call Saul is also far from stale and can thrive for many more seasons. Changing the tone of the series could help it maintain interest for a number of additional years.